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The Greatest Prize
by Maria Hanna
Submitted by Debra Stitt 15 May 2003

Little Jimmy was laying about on a hillock in the meadow on a warm spring day. Puffy white clouds rolled by and he pondered their shape. Soon, he began to think about God. "God? Are you really there?" Jimmy said out loud. To his astonishment a voice came from the clouds.

"Yes, Jimmy? What can I do for you?"

Seizing the opportunity, Jimmy asked, "God? What is a million years like to you?"

Knowing that Jimmy could not understand the concept of infinity, God responded in a manner to which Jimmy could relate, "A million years to me, Jimmy, is like a minute."

"Oh, "said Jimmy. "Well, then, what's a million dollars like to you?"

"A million dollars to me, Jimmy, is like a penny."

"Wow!" remarked Jimmy, getting an idea, "You are so generous ... can I have one of your pennies?"

God replied, "Sure thing, Jimmy! JUST A MINUTE."

Funny yet so true. God enriches us more and more, when we are willing to wait for Him longer. Even during the times when it seems we are losing: losing beloved ones, relationships, jobs, health, wealth ... He sustains us with more spiritual gifts: hope, wisdom, joy, patience, peace, glory to carry us through. Set your heart to wait upon the LORD Almighty and trust He will not only carry you through but will raise you highly above the tough situations you might be going through. At the moments when pain, temptation or anger seem too tough to handle, sing with King David, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my Strength and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14) 

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